Donna Summer

Donna Summer

 

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LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012),[1] known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 130 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She also charted two number-one singles on the R&B charts in the U.S. and a number-one in the U.K.[2]

Summer earned a total of 32 hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top ten hits; (10 were top five hits) more than any other act. She returned to the Hot 100's top five in 1983, and claimed her final top ten hit in 1989 with "This Time I Know It's for Real". Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with "I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)". While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned through those decades, Summer remained a force on the U.S. Dance/Club Play Songs chart over her entire career.

While influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she left New York and spent several years living, acting, and singing in Europe, where she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.

Summer returned to the U.S., in 1975 after the commercial success of the song "Love to Love You Baby", which was followed by a string of other hits, such as "I Feel Love", "Last Dance", "MacArthur Park", "Heaven Knows", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", "Dim All the Lights", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (duet with Barbra Streisand), and "On the Radio". She became known as the "Queen of Disco", while her music gained a global following.[3]

Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida.[4] In her obituary in The Times, she was described as the "undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom" who reached the status of "one of the world's leading female singers."[3] Giorgio Moroder described Summer's work with him on the song "I Feel Love" as "really the start of electronic dance" music.[5] In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[6] In December 2016, Billboard Magazine ranked her as the 6th most successful dance artist of all-time.[7]

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Highlights10

Hot Stuff
 
"Hot Stuff" is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her seventh studio album Bad Girls (1979), produced by Italian DJ Giorgio Moroder, and released as the lead single from Bad Girls on April 13, 1979, through Casablanca Records.
Love to Love You Baby
 
"Love to Love You Baby" is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her second album of the same name.
This Time I Know It's for Real
 
"This Time I Know It's for Real" is a song originally recorded by Donna Summer, and released in 1989 as the first single from her album Another Place and Time.
 
Musical Youth
 

Photos - Donna Summer18

People Photographed with Donna Summer3

Popular Albums45

Album Appearances & References29

Popular Songs64

Song Appearances & References21

Popular Live Albums2

Musical Groups1

Minor Film Appearances & References12

TV Shows5

Minor Musical Appearances & References1

Minor Play Appearances & References1

Book References & Influences1

Collaborators & Influencers30

Other Music-Related Relationships21

Personal & Professional Relationships2

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships4

Awards & Nominations25

Events1

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Videos7

Spotify - Albums & Singles251

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On20

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles6

Donna Summer's musical to include her biggest hits
  –  May 29, 2017
Bruce Sudano said a musical about his late wife Donna Summer has been changed to include some of her biggest hits. The 63-year-old singer - who died of cancer ... and it was a musical of all original music that told her life story.
Donna Summer - Could it be magic 1976 - YouTube
  –  August 12, 2017
Find this Pin and more on Gone Too Soon . Donna Summer, singer-songwriter ☆ disco queen ~I spent many nights dancing to her beautiful voice Singer/songwriter and one of the queens of disco music Donna Summer was born today in Her songs Last Dance and Bad ...
Boston honors Donna Summer with roller disco on City Hall Plaza
  –  June 23, 2017
... tribute to disco legend and Dorchester native Donna Summer with its fourth annual Roller Disco Party. People lined up to rent roller skates and skate around on the rink as a DJ played Summer’s hits and other disco music. Summer passed away in 2012.
Donna Summer 1948-2012: Five of her best hits - videos
  –  August 10, 2017
I Feel Love' - 1977 It's no surprise this track topped the UK chart back in the '70s; its mix of funky bass, synths and tight harmonies served as the pioneer for electronic music. 'Last Dance' - 1978 Donna Summer never lost her sparkle while performing her ...
Donna Summer's musical to include her biggest hits
  –  May 29, 2017
Queen of Disco' Donna Summer dies Born outside of Boston, Summer was raised by devout Christian parents who introduced her to both gospel and classical music. 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer dies Summer left home at age 18 to audition for the Broadway ...
Donna Summer's musical to include her biggest hits
  –  May 29, 2017
The 63-year-old singer - who died ... reported ABC news. 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer dies Born outside of Boston, Summer was raised by devout Christian parents who introduced her to both gospel and classical music. 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer dies ...

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